Assistant Fire Protection Inspector

​The Presidio Trust is seeking a conscientious and reliable Assistant Fire Protection Inspector to join our fire loss prevention team in protecting historic structures within the Presidio. The Presidio, formerly a 1,491-acre Army base, is now a new kind of national park. The park offers unique recreation, hospitality, and educational opportunities, and is home to thousands of residential and non-residential tenants. The Land and Building Stewardship Division maintains the important infrastructure necessary to sustain the equivalent of a small city, including fire protection, utilities, water treatment, transportation, roads, trails, and signs.

Our ideal candidate brings a variety of experience in fire safety inspection, fire code enforcement and administration, fire prevention education, pre-fire plan preparation and management, and fire incident investigation. Working with the Fire Protection Inspector, you will inspect for compliance with fire, life safety, and associated codes; and you will identify, document, and recommend corrective actions. As a public representative of the Presidio Trust Fire Program, you wear a fire safety inspector/enforcer uniform and badge while on duty.

This position allows for coverage under standard Federal retirement provisions (i.e., not approved for 6c special firefighter retirement provisions). Applications received by November 26th, 2018 will receive first consideration. We are planning to hold interviews beginning the week of December 3rd, make a job offer before the end of the year, and set a work start date in January, 2019.


  • Assist with fire safety inspections of existing facilities and buildings; and with acceptance testing of alarms, sprinklers, extinguishers, and other fire protection systems and equipment.
  • Respond to fire alarm activations and assist with corrective action as needed.
  • Prepare fire safety inspection reports for review, and enter information into a computerized data base.
  • Assist with Fire Code Enforcement and Administration when code violations are identified by the Fire Protection Inspector, and research and recommend corrective actions for identified violations.
  • Review fire code permit applications and recommend for or against issuance of fire code permits in accordance with standards.
  • Assist the Fire Protection Inspector with review of pre-fire plans; and plan for fire, life safety, construction and fire suppression systems in compliance with applicable codes and standards.
  • Assist the Fire Protection Inspector with the preliminary investigation of fire cause and origin by inspecting damaged areas and/or interviewing witnesses. 
  • Develop fire prevention messages from actual fire incidents.
  • Write detailed and accurate reports and other documents, and maintain appropriate files.
  • Coordinate established fire watch programs with designated building or program representatives and Fire Protection Inspector.
  • Operate various audio-visual equipment such as different types of projectors, tape recorders, and DVR's.
  • Work with Fire Department and Trust personnel to assist in maintaining emergency preparedness plan.
  • You will be regularly required to use hands to handle, feel and operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms; stand, sit, and talk or hear; walk on flat or uneven surfaces; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and enter and inspect cramped spaces, including basements and attics. You must lift and move up to 20 pounds occasionally. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • You will be exposed to atmospheric conditions such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, or poor ventilation as you work both inside and outside. Outdoor work may occur under a wide range of weather conditions. You will be required to use the appropriate personal protective equipment for the conditions present.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent, supplemented by college level course work in fire science, education, or a related field; AND two years of experience in fire prevention or in work involving interpretation and enforcement of various codes.
  • You must obtain California State Fire Marshal's Office Fire Prevention Inspector 1 OR International Fire Services Accreditation Council Fire Inspector 1 certification within two years of employment.
  • Requires possession and maintenance of a valid California driver license.
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of modern fire prevention and inspection.
  • Knowledge of fire safety codes, fire causes, and fire detection/suppression/related electrical systems.
  • Skill in written and oral communication and the ability to interpret data, information, and documents.
  • Ability to observe and interpret situations, and to learn and apply new information and skills.
  • Skill in mathematical reasoning, and in analyzing and solving problems.
  • Skill in interacting with Presidio staff, tenants, and occasionally with other organizations; and on occasion the ability to skillfully deal with dissatisfied or difficult individuals. 
  • Ability to think strategically, multi-task, prioritize work, attend to detail and deadlines with constant interruptions, work well under pressure, and complete assignments timely.
  • Computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.


  • Familiarity with NFPA 914, Code for Fire Protection of Historic Structures and the California State Historic Building Code.
  • Passion for parks; strong desire to work for the Presidio.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, strong work ethic, and a strong customer service orientation to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals and groups.

About Presidio Trust Land and Building Stewardship

Approximately 3,000 people reside in apartments, townhomes, single-family homes, and duplexes in one of the 21 distinct Presidio neighborhoods, which are located near forest groves, trails, waterfront paths, a golf course, and a beach.  More than 3.5 million square feet of non-residential space is located around the park.  Two-thirds of the buildings are historic, representing a variety of architectural styles, from the Spanish era through World War II.  The Presidio is an extraordinary place to work for the thousands of employees of approximately 100 businesses who lease non-residential space.  The Presidio Trust Land and Building Stewardship Department ensures that these beautiful, historic buildings are operational, safe, and ready every day for their modern uses by tenants, residents, employees, and visitors.

Background Investigation

The Presidio Trust has identified this position as subject to an employment background investigation which shall consist of a review of applicable county, state and Federal criminal and civil records, state bankruptcy indexes and a credit report. An individual's granting of a background investigation and resulting report is voluntary. However, employment in this sensitive position is contingent upon the successful completion of an employment background investigation. The Presidio Trust may refuse to hire an individual, may rescind an offer of employment to an individual, or may review and terminate the employment of a current employee not successfully completing the background investigation.

Financial Disclosure

This position requires the completion of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, both as a New Entrant into the position and annually thereafter. The purpose of the financial disclosure system is to assist employees and their agencies in avoiding conflicts between official duties and private financial interests or affiliations.